Family-Friendly Lakefront Retreat

Homebuyer Marsha Scott worked with Realtor Kent Dover to find the perfect lakefront home in Hot Springs, Ark. It’s safe to say her nieces and nephews approve.

A spacious deck offers a first glimpse at the home’s serene surroundings and rustic style.

About the Agent

  • Name: Kent Dover
  • Brokerage: ERA Rushing McAdams Polychron REALTORS
  • Location: Hot Springs, Ark.
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After a decade of working for the White House, Marsha Scott wanted to return to a slower pace of life in her home state of Arkansas. Realtor Kent Dover tells us how he helped Marsha find a ‘70s ranch home that she could transform into her ideal waterfront getaway.

What was at the top of the homebuyer's wish list?

Marsha Scott wanted a Lake Hamilton home with privacy and a rustic cabin feeling. Growing up on Lake Chicot in southern Arkansas, she wanted a retreat from the busy D.C. life that reminded her of home. She wanted to ability to walk down to the water, and for her nieces and nephews to be able to swim all summer long. She is influenced by the organic aesthetic of Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones.

How did you go about fulfilling the buyer's needs? What were your biggest challenges?

Marsha says, "Many of the properties that met my privacy requirements were McMansions or had already been renovated.  This property reflected the surroundings, and allowed me to craft it to my vision."

She toured several properties to get a sense of what was available. She was able to find a house that hadn't been updated with plenty of land and mature trees. This was the last house that she toured.

Why did you think this house in particular would be a good fit for Marsha?

The exterior materials included cedar, stone and glass, which fit her "dream list" perfectly, but the interior hadn't been touched since it was built in 1978. This allowed her to take the walls down to the studs and reconfigure the house to her needs. 

How closely did this house match the buyer's original wish list? What compromises were made?

The home matched her wish list with its easy walk to the lake shore, privacy, mature trees, beautiful stone fireplace, and view of a deep channel in Lake Hamilton. She wanted a house with four bedrooms, so she added a master suite to the existing three. 

How did you solve any snags or surprises in the home buying process?

Some buyers would be concerned about the street being paved at the wrong location. In this case, her parcel turned out to be larger than she originally thought, so she has extra room for cars when hosting large family gatherings.

When searching for a contractor, Marsha was delighted to find that the original builder was available to remodel the house.

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